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Lauren Chipman, viola

Lynn HarrellAs an instrumentalist who weaves through music genres, violist Lauren Chipman is as comfortable in classical settings as she is on a Hollywood soundstage. Living in Los Angeles, she is a member of The Section Quartet as well as musician and songwriter with indie band The Rentals. Lauren performs and records with a host of artists and has appeared on the Grammys, American Music Awards, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars, The Voice and The Tonight Show.

In orchestral work, she is Principal Violist of the New West Symphony. As former Principal Viola of the USC Symphony and Chamber Orchestras as well as the American Youth Symphony in Los Angeles, Lauren was awarded full fellowships to attend Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara and both the Sarasota and Aspen Music Festivals, twice performing with the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall on Christmas Eve.

Solo appearances have included performances with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra, the American Youth Symphony in concert at UCLA Royce Hall as well as the American Premiere of Elegia for Viola Solo by Marta Ptaszynska. A laureate in numerous solo competitions over the years, Lauren won the Jack Smith Memorial Award for Most Promising Talent at the 2002 Pasadena Showcase and First Prize in the Chicago Viola Society Competition.

During 2010, Lauren made a return appearance on NPR's "From the Top" radio show as a featured 10th Anniversary alum performing live with pianist Christopher O'Riley. This live broadcast highlighted not only a career retrospective but revisited her two previous NPR appearances at the age of only 17. Lauren continues to collaborate with "From the Top" conducting educational and community involvement programs on the West Coast and serving on their inaugural Millennial Council advisory board.

Lauren's chamber music appearances include performing with Midori at Zipper Hall as part of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Chamber Series and the Ysaye Quartet for the Maestro Foundation Chamber Music Series. While only a senior in high school, a personal invitation by Isaac Stern to his 2001 Chamber Workshop in New York City made Lauren's piano quartet, Favrile, the youngest ensemble ever to train at the workshop with a concert appearance at Carnegie Hall. In national competitions, her ensembles have placed as finalists in venues such as Coleman and Fischoff, as semi-finalists in Scotland's 1998 Aberdeen International Chamber Competition and winners of First Prize in Chicago's 1998 Rembrandt Chamber Players.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Lauren received her Bachelors of Music in Viola Performance where she studied with renowned violist Donald McInnes, himself a student of William Primrose. She performs and records on an Italian Della Corte viola from 1850, touring with The Section Quartet and The Rentals on an amplified, acoustic replica created for her in 2006 by Chicago string-instrument maker Michael Becker.

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